We booked the Belaire Suites for its being in the Top 10 on TripAdvisor and the guaranteed view of the Indian Ocean. After 20 days in hotels in major cities and game lodges in South Africa, we found this hotel to be the first cost-effective lodging with a picturesque view that was dirty and below average in sleep friendliness. Showers had mold and floors were dirty. The bed mattresses were hard, which we actually like, but with no give whatsoever. The door frames swell in the humidity of the ocean so you have to kick them open; with door kicking going on at all times of night, the restful lapping of the waves heard from your window (even on our 10th floor spot) is not enough to compensate. For those wishing to stay with high marks in cleanliness and décor that you would expect in the US, UK or the rest of SA, you might want to look at the Top 5 on Trip Advisor in Durban. Our friends in another room on the 8th floor never did get a working telephone so we never could make between-room contact and their toilet seat in the bathroom had to be refastened twice. But not all was awful. Our 10th floor room was spacious with a mini-kitchen, the view spectacular, the staff friendly, and the morning breakfast traditional but well done. However, the wait staff at the breakfast buffet need trained in basic restaurant hygiene. We saw them set tables touching the eating end of utensils, putting fingers down into glasses as they brought them to the table clean and replacing dishes that had been on a used table and looked clean back on a shelf to reuse. Reviews of other hotels below the Top 10 in Trip Advisor show some awful spots in beach lodging so, unless the Durban beach hotels clean up their act, we will avoid them as a destination for our next trip to South Africa and stay in-land.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Belaire Suites offers Luxury Furnished Self Catering Apartments and is located on Durban’s Beachfront between Battery and North Beaches. We are situated right on the beachfront with the majority of our rooms enjoying panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and Golden Beaches. The side facing rooms have side sea views of the north and south respectively. On a clear day Umhlanga Rocks in the north to the Bluff in the South can be seen. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Belaire Hotel Durban